It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend [2012]


A speech can be a mighty weapon. Throughout the centuries it has enthused countless masses and galvanized them into action, for better or for worse. It has unleashed revolutions and fueled wars. Just by the power of words. But a speech does not only enthuse the hearers, often it also transposes the speaker into a state of trance. Then he loses himself in a stream of words, in an obsessive, ecstatic way of speaking. The power of a speech often depends on the trance of the speaker.


In "It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend" Lisbeth Gruwez dances the trance of that ecstatic speechifying. In the process, she takes advantage of fragments from a speech by the ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.


Initially the parlance is friendly and pacifying, but from his compulsive desire to persuade transpires growing despair. Eventually it exposes its deepest nature: violence.





When did you lately see a dance performance that kept you in rapt attention from second 1 to second 3000 so as to maximally enjoy every single movement? If this was some time ago, then we have some good advice for you: book, no, grab a ticket for "It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend” (****). Starring: Lisbeth Gruwez. 

Even though this performance does not thematize merry subject-matter, the way this subject-matter is being transposed into dance is so impressive that you walk away with a swirly head and eyes gleaming with wonder. Marvellous!

     By Els Van Steenberghe, KNACK


The power relations between male voice and female performer (who manipulates who?) becomes a marvellously threatening pas de deux.. (…) Lisbeth Gruwez leaves us behind flabbergasted, struck dumb. 2012 has only just started, but Gruwez at once sets the standards very high. ****

     By Sarah Vankersschaever, DE STANDAARD 


The fusion of sound, choreography and light keep the public enraptured. Once more Lisbeth Gruwez |Voetvolk succeeds in keeping the audience spellbound with this new performance. (...)

The dancer's trance fires the audience. She inflames us and keeps us in rapt attention till the end of the show. ****

     By Eline Van de Voorde, CUTTING EDGE 


With ‘It’s going to get worse’ she consolidates her status of strong woman, exploring borders at the cutting edge and transgressing them.(...) The choreography dialogues with the ingenious soundscape that Maarten Van Cauwenberghe constructed with fragments from Swaggart’s speech (...) It’s a relief to see such a clear elaboration of an idea without it becoming conceptual or arty farty.  ****

      By Lene Van Langenhove, ZONE02


LISBETH GRUWEZ | VOETVOLK DELIVERS FASCINATING PERFORMANCE WITH ‘It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend’

     By Pieter T’Jonck, DE MORGEN 

Control is what it is all about. Form is the key. And the power with which Lisbeth Gruwez affirms dance with  bravura. End of babbling. End of modesty. From now on it will get worse, friends. Let it come down.

     By Melanie Suchy, BALLET TANZ


The public experienced a key moment in the history of theatrical and dramaturgical presence. 



In contrast with the show’s title, it doesn’t get much better and better than this, my friend.



Concept, choreography & dance

Lisbeth Gruwez


Composition, sounddesign & assistance

Maarten Van Cauwenberghe



Veronique Branquinho


Artistic advisor 

Bart Meuleman


Light design 

Harry Cole & Caroline Mathieu


Technical director

Thomas Glorieux


Thanks to 

Tom de Weerdt



Voetvolk vzw



Grand Theater Groningen, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre, Theater Im Pumpenhaus & AndWhatBeside(s)Death



Key Performance


With the support of

the Flemish Community, the Province of Antwerp & the Province of West-Flanders




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Kort Geding
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'Een goed spreker herken je aan zijn pauzes'
www_demorgen16012012.pdf Jan 16 2012
De verleidingen van het woord
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De volksmenner in extase
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It’s getting better and better and better and better
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De roes van het woord
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It's going to get worse and ... (Ballet Tanz)
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Lisbeth Gruwez, née de la cuisse de Jan Fabre
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Diverses expériences de solitudes dansée
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La folle danza di Lisbeth
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Portrait Lisbeth Gruwez | Flam(me)ande
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Suveränt solo om ordets makt
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Lisbeth Gruwez tanzt die Macht der Worte
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Grazile und grandiose Gesten
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Le corps a-t-il un langage ?
parool_2-7-12_-_lisbeth_gruwez.pdf Jul 3 2012
Gruwez' dans hypnotiseert
intrigerende_choreografie.pdf Jul 4 2012
Intrigerende choreografie van Gruwez
tmp_1017.pdf Jul 10 2012
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Intensiteit, precisie en overgave
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Politische Rhetorik im Körper
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Körper an der Front
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Schrecklich schöner Tanz
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Lisbeth Gruwez aux Brigittines: Comme un cheval fou
lalibre_be_-_danser_sur_des_mots_formidable.pdf Aug 30 2012
Danser sur des mots : formidable
das_grandioze_gefecht_der_lisbeth_gruwez-1.pdf Sep 5 2012
Das Grandioze Gefecht der Lisbeth Gruwez
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A hatalom mámora
la_voix_du_nord_10_nov__2012.pdf Nov 12 2012
Danse "Coup de Poing": Le public en redemande
lisbeth_gruwez_s_rant_gathers_raves.pdf Jan 11 2013
Lisbeth Gruwez’s rant gathers raves
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Magnétique Lisbeth
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L'anatomie d'un sermon
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Traduire le geste en mots
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L'Usine C réinvite Lisbeth Gruwez
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Por favor, que ella sea escuchada
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Una artista en las antípodas del ballet
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Die Beflügelnde Energie des Zorns
mais_cr_tica.pdf May 4 2013
Melhor e Melhor !
sezierte_dramatik_der_gesten.pdf Mar 28 2013
Sezierte Dramatik der Gesten
totaltheatrereview.pdf Apr 11 2013
Its getting worse and worse and worse, my friend
reflexiones_lingu_sticas_en_danza.pdf Mar 2 2013
Reflexiones linguïsticas en danza *****
h_gerextrem_v_ckelse_sk_nes_fria.pdf Nov 28 2013
Högerextrem väckelse
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Van Signapore tot Aarschot
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Gentle sermons turn into endless drills
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We must make an action!
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Tanzwerkstatt Europa Festival

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